During the Florida summer season, the heat gets a little bit out of hand. This is why it is wise to get prepared before you have to endure a boiling hot summer day. Below, read more about some of the most common problems your air conditioning unit might encounter.
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A dirty filter will significantly affect the quality of airflow during the operation of your AC, which in turn decreases the effectiveness and efficiency in delivering cool air. This also causes your AC to use up more power in order to cool the room, thereby causing more power consumption and higher electricity costs.
Your filter should be replaced on average every month to prevent any dirt from going into the coils. We recommend getting your filter with a MERV rating of 8 or higher, the higher the better it works. If the AC is used on a regular basis or it is located on a high traffic or dusty and humid area, the air filter may need to be replaced more often.
If water starts to drip from your air conditioning unit, it is likely that the drainage line is clogged. As the AC operates, air circulates through the evaporator coil and this process inevitably carries with it dust, dirt, and all sorts of airborne particles. The moisture inside the AC can trap these particles and accumulate in the condensate drain line and cause blockage, preventing water from properly draining and instead flowing through your indoor unit.
Besides replacing your filter monthly and pouring a cup of white vinegar every time you do so, having your AC unit serviced and cleaned by a professional Wesley Chapel AC repair company will help prevent problems with water leaks. Cleaning and servicing of your air conditioner should be done at least every year or as per manufacturer’s instructions.
One of the most common reasons why an AC unit is not cooling properly or has some abnormal fluctuations in temperature is because there is little to no refrigerant in it. An air conditioner’s refrigerant is what allows it to provide its cooling power and this substance is meant to stay inside the AC unit at consistent levels. If the refrigerant is low, that only means that there is a leak within the system.
Identifying the leak needs to be done by a qualified HVAC contractor so that the AC unit can be fully recharged with refrigerant and bring back its cooling power.
The AC Therapist is not only committed to providing the best HVAC services, but also providing the right education to homeowners on how to best handle their HVAC units so that small problems do not become larger and more costly issues down the line. They are a family run HVAC company servicing those in the Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas County for over ten years. If you would like more information, feel free to give them a call at (813) 548-5699 or you can book online and get their latest discount!
An AC’s evaporator is an integral part of the cooling process and is responsible for absorbing heat from within the room and converting it into cold air. As the evaporator absorbs warm air, its coils will accumulate condensation and can sometimes cause it to freeze due to an improperly maintained air filter, buildup of dust and dirt particles, or insufficient refrigerant levels.
In case of this scenario, you must let the ice melt before using the system again, putting the system in heat if it is a heat pump can help melt the ice quicker. If the unit keeps freezing identifying the leak needs to be done by a qualified HVAC contractor so that the AC unit can be fully recharged with refrigerant and bring back its cooling power.
Dirty/Clogged Condenser Coils
Just like the evaporator, the condenser is an integral part of the cooling system as it helps to dissipate the heat that has been absorbed by the refrigerant from the indoor unit. Since the condenser is commonly located outside, it is exposed to the elements and very much susceptible to the accumulation of dirt and all sorts of debris.
A condenser that is full of dirt and blockage won’t be able to perform its vital function, preventing it from delivering cool air to the room and significantly reducing your AC’s efficiency. A simple DIY solution is using a water hose with low pressure to remove as much dirt from the coils as possible. You have to be very careful because you can bend the coil fins and cause major trouble for your AC. This is why it is important to have your AC cleaned and maintained periodically by a reputable HVAC contractor.
Along with the evaporator and the condenser, the compressor is one of the integral parts of any air conditioning unit. This is what allows the refrigerant to move through the indoor and outdoor units of the AC while also keeping pressure levels properly regulated.
The compressor is a tough piece of equipment that can last for at least a decade or so, assuming that it is regularly maintained, along with the whole AC system. Even so, normal wear and tear will take its course, but certain factors can significantly affect a compressor’s longevity. These usually include:
- Low refrigerant levels
- Dirty condenser coil
- Presence of debris and contaminants in the compressor
- Faulty wiring or electrical system
- Insufficient lubricant levels
Checking the status of an air conditioner compressor can be a complex undertaking, which is why it is best to leave issues like these to the professionals. Faulty compressors will usually require replacement as repairing is not always feasible.
Whenever technicians check AC units, one of the first parts they inspect is the capacitor. This cylindrically shaped piece of hardware is primarily responsible for storage of energy. This stored energy is in turn used to deliver that much needed burst of electricity to startup motors, compressors, and other integral parts of the AC system. Normal wear and tear will inevitably catch up with the capacitor, especially since it does a lot of work in keeping your AC unit running properly. A faulty capacitor will usually have some sort of bulge in its body, leak fluids, or have signs of corrosion. Here are the common signs that your capacitor may need to be replaced:
- Absence of cold air from your AC
- Vibrating sound from your AC
- AC’s compressor/motor doesn’t turn on, causing problems with cooling cycle
- AC has difficulty turning on, if at all
If left unchecked, problems with the capacitor can lead to bigger and more costly problems with your compressor or fan motor, therefore it is best to immediately contact a professional AC technician and have your AC unit checked immediately.
The thermostat is like the central processing unit of an air conditioner and it is the component responsible for temperature regulation. Once the desired temperature has been set, the thermostat will turn the AC’s cooling mechanism on until the desired temperature is reached and will turn it off once the desired temperature has been reached.
With a faulty thermostat, it is possible that your AC unit might not even turn on. Another scenario is that your AC’s compressor will work nonstop because it is the thermostat that signals it to start or stop. Also, the temperature inside the room may feel colder or hotter than the setting indicated on the AC – this too is another sign of a faulty thermostat. Must of our customer think they can replace there own thermostat with the help of YouTube, yet end up calling us. Wonder why? Make sure to give your AC technician a call if you suspect problems with your thermostat.
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Florida has among the hottest summers in the nation, not to mention the high levels of humidity that come along with it. And while Wesley Chapel is a very charming suburban area with family-friendly surroundings and developments going on at a very fast rate, the summer heat can easily become unbearable if you don’t make the necessary preparations.
With heat and humidity levels going berserk during the summer months, it is not unusual for Floridians, including those in the Wesley Chapel area, to have their homes equipped with air conditioning units. As a matter of fact, almost all homes in Florida have AC’s and a significant portion of their energy consumption comes from cooling equipment.
It is therefore very important that your air conditioning unit is always in top shape and properly maintained at all times. The last thing you want to go through is your AC breaking down in the middle of the night and your family having to endure that sleepless and sweaty night. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening by enlisting the services of a reputable AC repair company in Wesley Chapel.
Experienced Care For Your Heat And Air
The AC Therapist is a family-owned and operated HVAC company based in the Tampa Bay area. We are a one-stop-shop for all your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning needs, with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Our company is also properly licensed and insured.
Among the services we offer include:
- AC Installation, Repair, and Maintenance
- UV Light Installation
- Thermostat Installation and Repair
- Heating Repair and Maintenance
- Ductwork Installation
- Attic Blown-In Insulation
We at the AC Therapist are focused and committed to total customer satisfaction. With over 20 years of experience providing quality HVAC services on both commercial and residential settings, you can be confident that you are in good hands. Here are some reasons to choose our services:
- 24/7 AC Repair Services
- Licensed and insured
- Free Estimates
- Discounts and Deals
- AC Care Plans
- Excellent Reviews From Real Customers, From Yelp, Google, Thumbtack, and More
- Financing Plans Offered
- Free Estimates
Here at the AC Therapist, if your AC was not fixed, you don’t pay anything!
What Our Customers Say about us:
- “The team at The AC Therapist made absolutely everything easy. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and when the thermostat didn’t work they went above and beyond to solve the problem. They have my business from now on and if you smart, you will use them too.” -Dustin Tharrett
- “They performed the work I needed efficiently and at a reasonable price. Very happy customer. Richard is wonderful to work with.” -Mary Oehler
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